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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is the fifth edition of the American Geriatrics Society's pocket handbook on geriatric medicine. The previous edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: The purpose is to have available, in compact form, a ready reference for helping clinicians caring for older persons make decisions about patient care. It succeeds admirably in doing so.
Audience: This is not a textbook of geriatrics. It says what to do in what circumstances, what to think of, what to give, and in what doses. It presupposes a knowledge of medicine and a working knowledge of caring for older persons. The publication is edited by a panel of the nation's leading experts in geriatric medicine at the behest of the American Geriatrics Society.
Features: This edition is the first that has the option of being downloaded onto a PDA, enhancing the utility of this compact wonder. Its alphabetic pagination makes it a snap to find just what is needed; its index is complete and very helpful. The algorithms, charts, and diagrams are just right.
Assessment: Think of life before the Internet. Think of life in caring for older persons before this pocket wizard. Similar, aren't they? The American Geriatrics Society deserves kudos for orchestrating this handbook in its frequent revisions. The editors and compilers of this handbook likewise deserve our thanks for creating such a handy tool that slips into our coats and, now, our PDAs with such ease and value.